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Rockets: Young players to watch in the upcoming preseason

By Michael Knight
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 6: Vincent Edwards #6 of the Houston Rockets boxes out against the Indiana Pacers during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 6, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 6: Vincent Edwards #6 of the Houston Rockets boxes out against the Indiana Pacers during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 6, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The regular season is quickly approaching for the Houston Rockets. First, though, there’s the preseason that begins on Tuesday.

The Houston Rockets are gearing up for another great season after a successful training camp in Lake Charles. They have their first preseason game on Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

As such with preseason, there will be quite a few young players looking to prove themselves and make the league this season. The Rockets have a very underrated young group of guys that should be fun to watch. Let’s take a look a few of the guys to look out for starting Tuesday!

Shoutout to @KiddNateDog on Twitter for the inspiration for this post!

@SpaceCity_Scoop what fringe player are you most excited to see? I think Bruno could be fun to watch as a forward! Probably a G League guy but ready to see him in action

— Nate BLM (@KiddNateDogg) September 30, 2018

Bruno Caboclo

The famous “two years away from being two years away” man himself, Bruno Caboclo, should be interesting to watch this week. He’s finally reached the time where he’s supposed to be ready for the league and has impressed in training camp so far.

He has a ridiculous wingspan and raw talent that might see him find some minutes if he continues to play well in the preseason. Bruno can be a difference maker on both ends of the court if he ever lives up to his potential. Will he show off some of that talent for the Rockets?

Isaiah Hartenstein

Harty entered the offseason with a chance to prove himself and earn a contract with the team that drafted him last summer. He did, in fact, earn that contract and, like Bruno, has also had high praise from training camp.

He’s in competition for the backup or third-string center for the Rockets this season. These preseason games will be a nice chance to show us what he’s been working on that’s impressed the team so much. Harty has great passing instincts and should develop a long-range shot as well.

Vince Edwards

The most recent draft pick of the Rockets, Vince Edwards, will also be showing off his talent this preseason. He was selected with the No. 52 pick in the draft and could fit perfectly into the style of the Rockets someday.

While he’ll likely be tuning his skills in the G League this year, Edwards still shows flashes of rotational talent. He can shoot from deep and rebound well from the small forward position. He also has the size to play power forward in a small ball lineup for the team. The Rockets saw something in Vince to purchase the pick from the Jazz, so they have eventual plans for him should he prove to be solid.

Others

The Rockets have quite a few other young players that should get some run in the preseason. Rob Gray, the local University of Houston legend, is looking to make a name for himself at the next level. Gary Clark is someone that probably shouldn’t have gone undrafted. Zhou Qi has continued to improve as a player and is someone who could take the next step this season.

Next. Is Zhou Qi the most underrated player on the Rockets?

Who’s ready for Tuesday night? We certainly are! Be sure to tune in at 7:00, we’ll have more details on gameday.

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